Know BIM like your body
If you're reading this, I bet you're a bit interested in the construction industry, or, a little bit in BIM.
But what if I am wrong, and you are completely ignorant of the above?
What is BIM?
Type "BIM" on Google, a series of BIM results appear, and you become confused because you don't know where to start the journey of conquering BIM.
You clicked on a link, then a bunch of theories with linguistic expertise appeared. You then try to read and digest.
They say that BIM is not a tool, but a process.
They say that it is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.
It also improves the quality of projects and multidisciplinary communication.
They’re all correct. But still seems quite vague, right?
Let us brighten it up for you.
Firstly, let your imagination be free:
If the building was your body,
then the wires represented the nerves. Similarly, the building management center was your brain, the HVAC system worked as the lungs, the heart's pumping system and the circulatory system at the same time.
Does everything seem to be sufficient for your body to function?
But what if one day there is organ failure, and the problem is you didn't know what the problem is, or worse, which organ?
That's when you need to see a doctor. But he said that the problem seems worse than you think, and you need to try more in-depth tests to know what's going on inside your cells and nerves.
Building is like your body. (Image courtesy of www.thebimhub.com)
This is the time you know what BIM is.
Have you heard about the CT Scanner?
CT (Computed Tomography) Scanner can scan all areas of the body to detect abnormal problems in the brain, internal organs, bones, etc... to accurately diagnose the cause and where the injury is.
By that, it allows the doctors to see inside the organs without splitting your body apart so that they can find the right treatment for you.
BIM is like the CT Scanner.
However, the problem with the CT Scanner is that you can only use them when you are ill.
But is it too late if we wait until the building has a problem to find a solution?
Thankfully, BIM works as a CT Scanner, but not exactly like a CT Scanner.
To be more specific, it can be applied during the concept-building phase and sketching drawing, even BEFORE the building is built.
And even if your building was built 10 or 20 years ago, BIM always works as a loyal and wise counselor for the post-process.
We cannot choose the right cells for our body, but you always can choose the right solutions for your building to prevent all possible risks.
BIM helps you see through all the structures of the building, whether it's the front pillar or the washbasin in the toilet. Everything is integrated into a blueprint to help you aware of any abnormalities, and quickly find the cause to fix.
Of course, things are not just that simple, and BIM still is a long story that I have to tell you one thousand and one nights more. But "every expert was once a beginner".
Let us explore the expert inside you.